Quantcast

Helping Others Help the Homeless - KOAM TV 7

Helping Others Help the Homeless

Updated:
PITTSBURG, KANSAS -

Some residents of Cowley County, Kansas want to make a major change to the way they handle local homelessness.

"We currently don't have any resources for the homeless. In a lot of cases, their sent to Wichita," said Brad Gamber of the Cowley County Economic Development Partnership.

For the last year, the Cowley County Economic Development Partnership has been visiting communities that have had success helping rural homeless populations, and that includes Pittsburg. On Friday, they toured the Safehouse Crisis Center, the Wesley House day shelter, and Lord's Diner.

"We weren't really teaching anything as much as taking our friends from Cowley County and showing them all of the locations and partnerships that Pittsburg has, that are currently working together to address homelessness," said Becky Gray, Pittsburg's Director of Housing and Community Development.

The point of the tour was to show Cowley County what's possible, when a community focuses its resources on helping its most vulnerable members. But those resources didn't spring up overnight, and part of the post-tour meeting focused on how Cowley County can develop its own.

"More than money, it's about strategy and it's about partnerships and it's about using the resources that already exist in ways that compliment each other, and then identifying whether we still have gaps of services," said Gray.

Cowley County hopes the lessons learned in Pittsburg eventually help them create a facility similar to the ones toured in Pittsburg.

"We'd like to have an overnight shelter to help people that are homeless get out of the elements whenever they come about," said Gamber.

And Pittsburg has similar plans for 2018 as well.

"Another short term goal is a code blue shelter. That would be a shelter that's open when the weather gets cold enough that it's going to harm a body to sleep outside," said Gray.

  • NewsMore>>

  • 2 Registered Offenders Wanted in Cherokee County, KS

    2 Registered Offenders Wanted in Cherokee County, KS

    Friday, August 17 2018 2:47 PM EDT2018-08-17 18:47:41 GMT
    Daniel EulittDaniel Eulitt

    Investigators with the Cherokee County, Kansas Sheriff's Office continues to ensure that registered sex, drug and violent offenders throughout the county have been complying with their post-conviction registration requirements. They've conducted compliance checks over the past several weeks. Authorities say as a result of those investigations, several offenders were arrested on allegations of being in violation of the Kansas Offender Registration Act. Detectives have also...

    More >>

    Investigators with the Cherokee County, Kansas Sheriff's Office continues to ensure that registered sex, drug and violent offenders throughout the county have been complying with their post-conviction registration requirements. They've conducted compliance checks over the past several weeks. Authorities say as a result of those investigations, several offenders were arrested on allegations of being in violation of the Kansas Offender Registration Act. Detectives have also...

    More >>
  • KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-17

    KOAM MORNING NEWS TO KNOW 8-17

    Friday, August 17 2018 8:30 AM EDT2018-08-17 12:30:55 GMT

    A lawsuit filed seeks to bring down both Howsman buildings in Joplin  after the city recently voted to rehab one.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

    More >>

    A lawsuit filed seeks to bring down both Howsman buildings in Joplin  after the city recently voted to rehab one.  Plus all the news you need to know before you head out the door.

    More >>
  • Galena Aims to Repeat as CNC Champion

    Galena Aims to Repeat as CNC Champion

    Thursday, August 16 2018 6:58 PM EDT2018-08-16 22:58:41 GMT

    The Bulldogs finished last season 11-1 overall, winning the CNC title and making the state quarterfinals.

    More >>

    The Bulldogs finished last season 11-1 overall, winning the CNC title and making the state quarterfinals.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.